Hello everyone, it’s Annette Green here today with my final post of the year for Susan’s Garden Design Team. It’s been a wonderful year working with Susan’s beautiful flower dies as well as many other Elizabeth Craft Designs products. I’ll surely miss it, but look forward to seeing all the new designs from this amazing company and hope to come back to visit as a guest designer in 2017. Today I’ve created a masculine card using Susan’s Carnation die to prove that you can use flowers on cards for men, too.
1. Begin by die-cutting two sets of each of the carnation petals from red cardstock, and the stems and leaves from green cardstock.
2. Shade the centers of each of the carnation petals with a deep red ink. I’ve used Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.
3. Place the petals on the molding pad and stroke each with the loop tool from the outer edge toward the center.
4. Grip the petals with reverse tweezers and pinch to shape.
5. Working largest to smallest, adhere each shaped petal one atop the other as shown. Such an easy, pretty flower!
6. Score one set of stem pieces with the leaf tool, then adhere the two main stem pieces together. Ink edges with dark green ink.
7. Prepare a card base from golden yellow cardstock 4 1/2″ x 6″ when folded. (My card is a tent-fold that opens at the bottom.) Adhere 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ pattern paper to front of card.
8. Cut a 4″ x 4″ compatible pattern paper and adhere to card as shown.
9. Layer a wide border strip, two cut-aparts and the stem as shown.
10. Stamp a sentiment on a tag and adhere with dimensional foam tape. Adhere the carnation to the top of the stem and add the smaller leaf pieces to the stem.
11. Die cut four banners from compatible pattern paper.
12. Fold over each banner piece and adhere 3 onto the card front under the stamped sentiment.
13. Add pattern paper to the inside of the card as desired and adhere the fourth banner piece.
Graphic 45 “Off to the Races” collection
Distress Inks: Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, and Vintage Photo